en Wikileaks Releases "NightSkies 1.2": Proof CIA Bugs "Factory Fresh" iPhones <p>A new WikiLeaks Vault 7 leak titled “Dark Matter” claims that the Central Intelligence Agency has been bugging “factory fresh” iPhones since at least 2008 through suppliers.&nbsp; The documents are expected to be released after a 10 a.m. EDT “press briefing” that WikiLeaks promoted on its Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">RELEASE: CIA <a href="">#Vault7</a> "Dark Matter" <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p> <p>— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) <a href="">March 23, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Here is a live stream of the pending press briefing with Julian Assange:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">LIVE: WikiLeaks press briefing in some minutes: CIA <a href="">#Vault7</a> "darkmatter" ask questions with <a href="">#AskWL</a> <a href=""></a></p> <p>— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) <a href="">March 23, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And here is the full press release from <a href="">WikiLeaks</a>:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 "Dark Matter", which contains<strong> documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac Computer firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB).</strong> These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain 'persistence' on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Among others, these documents reveal the<strong> "Sonic Screwdriver"</strong> project which, as explained by the CIA, is a <strong>"mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting"</strong> allowing an attacker to boot its attack software for example from a USB stick "even when a firmware password is enabled". <strong>The CIA's "Sonic Screwdriver" infector is stored on the modified firmware of an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"DarkSeaSkies" is "an implant that persists in the EFI firmware of an Apple MacBook Air computer" and consists of "DarkMatter", "SeaPea" and "NightSkies", respectively EFI, kernel-space and user-space implants.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Documents on the "Triton" MacOSX malware, its infector "Dark Mallet" and its EFI-persistent version "DerStake" are also included in this release. While the DerStake1.4 manual released today dates to 2013, other Vault 7 documents show that as of 2016 the CIA continues to rely on and update these systems and is working on the production of DerStarke2.0.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Also included in this release is the manual for the CIA's "NightSkies 1.2" a "beacon/loader/implant tool" for the Apple iPhone. <strong>Noteworthy is that NightSkies had reached 1.2 by 2008, and is expressly designed to be physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones. i.e the CIA has been infecting the iPhone supply chain of its targets since at least 2008.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While CIA assets are sometimes used to physically infect systems in the custody of a target it is likely that many CIA physical access attacks have infected the targeted organization's supply chain including by interdicting mail orders and other shipments (opening, infecting, and resending) leaving the United States or otherwise.</p> </blockquote> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="1177" height="883" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Apple Central Intelligence Agency Central Intelligence Agency Computer surveillance Computing Cyberwarfare Espionage Ethernet Government Instant messaging IPhone MacOS operating system Technology Technology Twitter Twitter Unified Extensible Firmware Interface Vault 7 WikiLeaks Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:18:42 +0000 Tyler Durden 591588 at Spot The Odd One Out - New Home Sales Spike To 7-Month Highs <p>Existing home sales - <strong>down</strong>; pending home sales - <strong>down</strong>; affordability (as rates spike) - <strong>down</strong>; new home sales - <strong>up at 7-month highs (beating all but one of 70 economists' estimates)</strong></p> <p>New Home Sales SAAR in Feb printed 592k (beating expectations of 564k by 3 standard deviations)...</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="600" height="224" /></a></p> <p>Weather played a big role by the look of it...</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Northeast sales tumbled 21.4% MoM as Midwest soared 30.9% MoM!</strong></em></span></p> </blockquote> <p>And home <strong>prices appeared to tumble to the lowest since July.</strong></p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="600" height="411" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This is the biggest two-month median home p4ice drop since 1970...</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="600" height="300" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Spot the odd one out...</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="600" height="317" /></a></p> <p>Choose your own narrative.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="967" height="511" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Affordable housing in Canada Business Community organizing Midwest New Home Sales New home sales Real estate appraisal Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:06:20 +0000 Tyler Durden 591582 at Credit Suisse Shares Tumble On Report It May Sell $3 Billion In Stock <p>First Deutsche Bank, now Credit Suisse: according to Bloomberg, the second largest Swiss bank, is also preparing to take advantage of euphoric markets and is considering selling stock valued at more than 3 billion Swiss francs ($3 billion) as it seeks to boost capital levels. The news sent the stock sliding. </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="346" /></a></p> <p>Bloomberg adds that Credit Suisse could seek to raise 10 percent of its market value, or about 3.1 billion francs, through an accelerated stock sale to institutions, which wouldn’t need investors to sign off. The lender is also speaking with advisers about raising as much as 5 billion francs, subject to shareholder approval, the people said.</p> <p>The share sale would be an alternative to Swiss unit IPO, BBG writes adding that the bank said to discuss raising up to CHF5B</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>The fundraising, which could happen in the first half of the year, would replace plans for an initial public offering of the company’s Swiss unit, they said. No final decisions have been made and Credit Suisse may decide against a deal, the people said. Meanwhile, preparation is continuing on the IPO, one of the people said. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Investors are returning to European banks in the belief economic growth and rising interest rates could strengthen earnings. German rival Deutsche Bank AG said this month it would raise 8 billion euros ($8.6 billion) by selling stock to strengthen its capital reserves and boost growth. Italian lender UniCredit SpA successfully raised 13 billion euros from investors in February.</p> </blockquote> <p>While we don't know how much TLTRO Credit Suisse was allotted in today's final ECB "free money" operation, we wonder why the bank doesn't simply use the zero-cost proceeds to buy its own stock.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="1383" height="956" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Bank Business Credit Suisse Credit Suisse Credit Suisse Deutsche Bank Economy European Central Bank European Central Bank Eurozone Finance Financial services Free Money Initial public offering Investment banks Swiss franc UniCredit Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:56:38 +0000 Tyler Durden 591581 at Republican Confidence Soars To 9 Year Highs As Democrats' Comfort Crashes <p><strong>US Consumer Comfort soared to it highest since August 2001</strong> according to Bloomberg latest survey, with <strong>confidence among those earning over $100k at its highest in history.</strong> </p> <p>However, the most notable finding of the survey is the <strong>massive divergence between Republicans and Democrats</strong> as the former have not been more comfortable since January 2008 as the latter plunges to levels seen in 2013.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="600" height="314" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Notably there was a wider divergence in mid-2016 - but the other way - as Republican confidence collapsed amid the primaries and Democrats pushed up to record highs.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="964" height="505" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Democratic Party Political history Political parties in the United States Politics Politics Primary election Republican Party United States World Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:54:15 +0000 Tyler Durden 591579 at Belgian Police Detain Man Trying To Drive Into Busy Shopping Street Crowd <p>While initial details are sparse, one day after yesterday's gruesome car attack on Westminster Bridge allegedly by a "soldier of ISIS", it appears another Jihadist "copycat" attack was attempted, this time in Antwerp, Belgium where a car tried to enter a shopping street at high speed on Thursday, but the potentially deadly attack was prevented by Belgium police which detained the driver. </p> <ul> <li>ANTWERP BELGIUM POLICE SAYS CAR TRIED TO ENTER SHOPPING STREET AT HIGH SPEED ON THURSDAY </li> <li>ANTWERP BELGIUM POLICE SAYS ONE PERSON DETAINED </li> <li>BELGIAN POLICE ARREST MAN TRYING TO DRIVE INTO CROWD</li> <li>ANTWERP BELGIUM POLICE SAYS ADDITIONAL POLICE AND MILITARY PERSONNEL DEPLOYED IN ANTWERP</li> <li>BELGIAN FEDERAL PROSECUTOR SAYS MAN ARRESTED IN ANTWERP IS FRENCH NATIONAL LIVING IN FRANCE</li> </ul> <p>As AFP adds, the Belgian police on Thursday discovered a car containing arms and illegal<br /> material in the city of Antwerp and cordoned off a parking area where<br /> the car was stopped, local media reported. The car, registered in France, seemed to have been chased down after it tried to run a red light, according to La Libre news outlet.</p> <p>Bart De Wever, the city's mayor, is reportedly expected to hold a press conference where he will announce that an attack has been thwarted. According to media reports, the car was trying to hit pedestrians. Demining teams have reportedly been summoned to the parking. <br /><em></em></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Antwerp ANTWERP Developing Bart De Wever Belgian police Belgium Belgium Belgium police France Geography of Belgium Geography of Europe Islamic terrorism in Belgium Law War Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:38:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 591578 at "It's Not Over" - Gold Tops $1250 As Stocks Swing On Every Headline <p>After yesterday's lull, the 'storm' of Tuesday selling is back...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="600" height="456" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>But it's all about headlines today...</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="600" height="314" /></a></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="1627" height="851" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Disaster headlines Headlines Lull Spice Girls Weather Yesterday Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:37:08 +0000 Tyler Durden 591577 at Disturbing Video Footage Shows Moment Of Deadly London Attack <p>A video has emerged of Westminster Bridge on Wednesday, March 22 showing the moment a car was driven into pedestrians earlier in the day in the worst attack in London since 2005. </p> <p>Five people were killed and about 40 injured after a car plowed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman close to Britain's parliament. The dead, in what police called a "marauding terrorist attack," included the assailant and the policeman he stabbed. </p> <p>The other three victims were among those hit by the car as it sped across Westminster Bridge before crashing into railings just outside parliament. It was the deadliest attack in London since four British Islamists killed 52 commuters and themselves in suicide bombings on the city's transport system in July 2005, in London's worst peacetime attack.</p> <p><em>Viewer discretion advised</em></p> <p><iframe src="" width="600" height="337"></iframe></p> <p><em>Source: <a href=";videoChannel=2602&amp;channelName=Most+Popular">Reuters</a></em><a href=";videoChannel=2602&amp;channelName=Most+Popular"></a></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="756" height="476" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Britain's parliament Reuters Suicide attack Violence War Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:30:40 +0000 Tyler Durden 591563 at Former Russian Lawmaker Shot Dead In Broad Daylight In Ukraine Capital <p>A former Russian MP wanted by Moscow for fraud was shot dead in broad daylight in the heart of the Ukrainian capital on Thursday in what Kiev branded "state terrorism."</p> <p>“There was an exchange of fire in front of the entrance to the Premier-Palace Hotel about 40 minutes ago. One man was killed and two other persons were injured. The identity of the killed man has been established. He is a Russian politician, a former State Duma member. Yes, I can confirm that he is Denis Voronenkov," the head of Kiev police, Andrey Krishchenko, said, as cited by TASS.</p> <p>The former lawmaker was shot twice in the head when he was on the corner of Taras Shevchenko Boulevard and Pushkinska Street, near the main entrance to Kiev’s Premier Palace Hotel.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>According <a href="">to AFP</a>, Kiev police chief Andriy Kryshchenko confirmed in televised comments that "the identity of the dead man has been established" as former Communist lawmaker Denis Voronenkov.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="371" /></a></p> <p><em>Denis Voronenkov was shot on a busy street in Kiev</em></p> <p>Krishchenko said the assailant injured Voronenkov’s bodyguard, who fired at him in return. "[The suspect]&nbsp; is under police protection, he is being given priority medical assistance at a hospital," Krishchenko told reporters. </p> <p>Voronenkov, a former member of the Russian Communist Party, emigrated from Russia to Ukraine in October 2016. He received Ukrainian citizenship in December, having given up his status as a Russian citizen. He was highly critical of the Russian authorities.</p> <p>As RT adds, <strong>Voronenkov had been on a federal wanted list in Russia since February 15, as well as on an international wanted list since February 27, charged with masterminding a large-scale fraud</strong>. The fugitive lawmaker's alleged corruption also featured in an investigation by Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny, who had reportedly discovered that Voronenkov had far more assets than his officially-declared yearly income of 2.4 million rubles (about $41,700). </p> <p><img src="" alt="Russian MP killed in Kiev" width="502" height="334" class="photo kalooga_12952" /></p> <p><em>He was gunned down in broad daylight on a busy Kiev street</em></p> <p>Police were weighing the possibility that Voronenkov was targeted in a contract killing "considering the identity of the victim, his activities and how the crime was carried out," Kryshchenko said.</p> <p><img src="" alt="Russian MP killed in Ukraine" width="503" height="335" class="photo kalooga_12952" /></p> <p><em>The former Russian lawmaker was killed and his bodyguard injured</em></p> <p>Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko blamed Russia for what he said was a "cunning murder", saying Voronenkov's killing was an "act of state terrorism", his spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Facebook.</p> <p>Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov swiftly dismissed Kiev's accusations as "absurd" in comments to Russian news agencies.</p> <p><img src="" alt="Denis Voronenkov killed in Kiev" width="502" height="334" class="photo kalooga_12952" /></p> <p><em>Putin critic and ex-lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was killed in Ukraine</em></p> <p>Voronenkov's bodyguard and the gunman were both injured in the shootout and were being treated in hospital, Kryshchenko said, adding that the gunman's identity had yet to be established.</p> <p><img src="" alt="Russian MP killed in Kiev" width="503" height="335" class="photo kalooga_12952" /></p> <p><em>The politician's plain clothes security guard was also shot </em></p> <p>The shooting occurred at around 11:30 am (0930 GMT) in the centre of the Ukrainian capital, police said.</p> <p>Voronenkov and his wife Maria Maksakova, also a former lawmaker and a well-known opera singer, left Russia for Ukraine last year. Voronenkov received Ukrainian citizenship in December after he testified against Ukraine's ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted in February 2014 amid pro-Western protests.</p> <p>Voronenkov told Ukrainian media in February that he had repeatedly received threats from Russian security services. Moscow and Kiev have been locked in a bitter dispute since Russia seized Crimea in March 2014, plunging ties between Moscow and the West to their lowest point since the Cold War.</p> <p>* * * </p> <p>Ukrainian law enforcers immediately said they believe Russia is behind Voronenkov’s killing. “Considering the identity of the victim, as one of the priority versions we consider the actions of the Russian Federation aimed at eliminating this person as a person who gave important testimony in the processes that took place in Ukraine,” the deputy head of the National Police of Ukraine, Aleksandr Vakulenko, told the press, as cited by Interfax Ukraine. </p> <p>Less than an hour after the killing, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called it "an act of Russian state-funded terrorism," according to his press secretary. Poroshenko went on to link Voronenkov’s killing and the massive explosion at an ammunition depot in the Kharkov region of Ukraine that happened late on Wednesday night and continued into Thursday. </p> <p>“It is no coincidence that the murder took place on the same day as the sabotage at Balakleya in the Kharkov region of Ukraine,” Poroshenko said, as quoted by his press secretary, Svyatoslav Tsegolko, in a Facebook post.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="3024" height="1655" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Corruption Europe Geography of Europe Geography of Ukraine Kiev Kiev Governorate Kiev police Kiev Voivodeship National Police of Ukraine Russian communist party Russian MP State Duma Taras Shevchenko Testimony Ukraine Ukraine Ukrainian nationalists Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:27:23 +0000 Tyler Durden 591575 at Ford Stock Slumps To Post-Election Lows After Slashing Guidance <p>With <strong><a href="">auto loan growth collapsing</a>...</strong></p> <p><a href=""><img height="367" src="" width="600" /></a></p> <p>And after admitting that <a href=""><em><strong>&quot;auto sales have reached a plateau,&quot;</strong></em></a>&nbsp; - Below are some of the key comments from Ford executives describing the current conditions in the auto market:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&quot;For the remainder of the year, <strong>we continue to see retail in the industry provide incentives still running at historically high levels</strong>, but down versus the record that we experienced in 2015.&nbsp; <strong>Looking ahead to 2017, we continue to see industry sales are strong, but at a lower level than this year.</strong>&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;<strong>Sales have reached a plateau.</strong>&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s just that we&#39;re <strong>no longer in a period where we have a lot of pent-up demand coming out of the financial crisis</strong>. So that&#39;s why, I think we use the term plateau&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;<strong>Comparisons for the rest of the year are going to be really tough.</strong>&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p>Ford has finally faced the music and<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong> taken an ax to its <a href="">earnings guidance</a>.</strong></span></p> <p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 315px;" /></strong></span></a></p> <p><strong>Ford sees 1Q adj. EPS 30c-35c, est. 47c, </strong>blaming higher costs, lower volume &amp; unfavorable exchange rates.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Bob Shanks, our executive vice president and chief financial officer, will host a &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s Chat&rdquo; forum at 10 a.m. EDT today to discuss key items of interest to the investment community.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The presentation will note that we expect our total company adjusted pre-tax profit to be about $9 billion in 2017, which is lower than in 2016 driven by our planned investments in emerging opportunities, and to improve in 2018.&nbsp; <strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>We are establishing earnings per share guidance for the first quarter of 2017 in the range of $0.30 to $0.35 for both earnings per share (GAAP) and adjusted earnings per share (non-GAAP).</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This is lower than our earnings per share in the first quarter of 2016 due to: <strong>higher costs (including commodities, warranty, and investments in emerging opportunities); lower volume (primarily fleet); and unfavorable exchange</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We continue to expect Ford Credit&rsquo;s pre-tax profit to be about $1.5 billion in 2017 and to improve in 2018.</p> </blockquote> <p>The result - shares plunge..</p> <p><a href=""><img height="415" src="" width="600" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Erasing all post-election gains..</p> <p><a href=""><img height="286" src="" width="600" /></a></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="957" height="502" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Auto Sales BlackBerry Limited Business Business Corporate finance Earnings guidance Earnings per share Economy Finance Financial ratios Ford Ford Motor Company Fundamental analysis GAAP Investment Manufacturing Money Profit Tax Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:11:46 +0000 Tyler Durden 591573 at Stocks Have Partied Hard Since Election Night... Now Comes the Hangover <p>The market is now on <em>very</em> thin ice.</p> <p>Yesterday worked off some of the &ldquo;oversold&rdquo; status for stocks, but we are in extremely dangerous territory today.</p> <p>The S&amp;P 500 has taken out critical support (red line) as well as the bull market trending running back to early November (blue line).</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 460px; height: 284px;" /></p> <p>More concerning for the bulls: bank stocks, which lead to the upside, are now leading to the downside. It looks as though the ENTIRE move in the markets since election night is going to unwind.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 460px; height: 284px;" /></p> <p>This is a major wake up call, I hope you&rsquo;re paying attention. The markets have rallied on hype and hope of the economy roaring back to life... but that&#39;s not coming for another 12 months (at the earliest.</p> <p>Stocks partied hard starting election night. Now comes the hangover.</p> <p>On that note, we are already preparing our clients for this with a 21-page investment report titled the <strong>Stock Market Crash Survival Guide</strong>.</p> <p>In it, we outline the coming collapse will unfold&hellip;which investments will perform best&hellip; and how to take out &ldquo;crash&rdquo; insurance trades that will pay out huge returns during a market collapse.</p> <p>We are giving away just 99 copies of this report for FREE to the public.</p> <p>We&#39;re down the last 9.</p> <p>To pick up yours, swing by:</p> <p><strong><a href=""></a></strong></p> <p>Best Regards</p> <p>Graham Summers</p> <p>Chief Market Strategist</p> <p>Phoenix Capital Research</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Business Capitalism Economic history of the Dutch Republic Economy Finance Financial history of the Dutch Republic Financial markets Investment Market Crash Market trend Money S&P 500 Stock market Stock market crash Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:10:46 +0000 Phoenix Capital Research 591572 at